The last survivors of Humans vs. Zombies fought their way to a helicopter pad located on Wolly Lawn to claim not only their safety, but also cash prizes, last Friday, Oct. 11.
From Oct. 8 to Oct. 11, ENC was not only a college campus, but also a giant battlefield for the 82 students competing as humans and zombies.
Josh Henry, Malcolm Carvalho, and Hunter Hill and Mike Higgins, who tied, were the first to claim their victory. Henry received $50 for finishing in first, Carvalho received $25 for second place, and Hill and Higgins split $10 in third place after a long week fighting for their lives.
“The way I won was ‘The Resistance,’” Henry said, giving credit to the team he was a part of. “It was a group of my friends that worked together as zombies to convert as many humans as possible.”
Although Humans vs. Zombies was a single player game, many players worked in teams to protect themselves from becoming zombies. Teamwork also helped the players figure out the missions that each player could go on to receive antidotes that would turn them from zombies to humans.
“We had a number of antidotes that we used the last day to put the odds in our favor,” Henry said.
Leann Williams, director of student events, ran the SGA sponsored event.
“The various missions were able to be done by all the players, whether they were athletic or not, because they were not just running around,” Williams said. “Anyone can play this game, and everyone should.”
In the end, only about 20 humans remained. Will Campbell earned the most kills during the game, converting 18 humans into zombies.
“Personally, I was so impressed with the number of participants because this was a new game to ENC,” Williams said. “I loved that people were so creative and involved.”
Although almost all indoor buildings were off limits, some players got creative to get their kills.
“Zombies like me didn’t allow the buildings that were off limits to slow down the rapid infestation of hoards,” freshman zombie Shally Rivera said. “We strategically found ways to catch humans and fool them to stepping out of the safe areas.”
Even students that didn’t play enjoyed watching the action unfold.
“By the end of the week, it was awesome to see everyone paranoid,” sophomore Canaan Hess said.
Students that missed out this time around will be happy to know that Williams plans on running the game in the spring.
“It was a great success; I really hope that more people will come out and battle in the spring semester,” Williams said.